Thanks to Forever Pub & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Q: what’s your fave beach?
I’m well aware that I use the word “love” a lot but something I really really love is when a hero makes little, secret gestures that reveal his feelings. That’s *especially* true when those gestures are all about said hero trying to make the heroine who’s been his mutual enemy for years happier.
If you’ve been reading Jenny Holiday’s Matchmaker Bay series you knew the Maya Mehta-Benjamin Lawson pairing was coming. In her upcoming release Sandcastle Beach they’re often rude to each other, dismissive, just all around antagonistic, & their romantic relationship eventually jumps off—and thrives on—that spicy dynamic🏻.
The fact that fighting with each other brings a special flush to their cheeks is fortunate considering that their mutual acrimony is kicked up a notch in this book by their competition to win town monies to fund their respective professional plans. For Maya, money for her almost closed-down theatre, & for Law, a restaurant.
I love how ambitious both leads of SB are, how they find a section of common ground amidst their battlefield, & how the matchmaking seniors of Moonflower Bay bring them together.
Cheers to sex scenes that are hot & funny, a compelling round of secondary characters, & a romance that kinda covers all the bases for me. It’s thoughtful, it’s steamy, and it’s got the inevitable fall of both leads without them totally losing that spicy, dancing-with-(conversational) danger spark that draws them together in the first place.
4.5 ⭐️. Sandcastle Beach is out 3/9.
Give me that HEA, please.
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